House primaries in Ga., Calif., show pressures buffeting GOP

June 4, 2016 2:54 PM

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Upcoming elections in two House Republican strongholds illustrate the sharp elbows and vigilance that today's anti-establishment mood demands of GOP candidates.

In California, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has a primary Tuesday and isn't taking for granted his huge money advantage against an inexperienced opponent.

McCarthy remembers the 2014 upset of his predecessor as majority leader, Republican Eric Cantor of Virginia, who lost to a little-known college professor.

FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2015 file photo, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif. speaks with a reporter on Capitol Hill in Washington. Approaching elections in two House Republican strongholds illustrate the sharp elbows and vigilance that GOP candidates require in this anti-establishment time. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

In Georgia, two Republicans are vying for the nomination for an open seat next month.

One candidate is a former mayor who takes credit for economic development and calls himself "a conservative outsider." The other candidate is winning over religious conservatives with hard-right views.

The Georgia race will help decide how difficult it will be for leaders to steer House Republicans.

FILE - In this March 3, 2014 file photo, Georgia Sen. Mike Crane, R-Newnan, speaks on the Senate floor in Atlanta. Approaching elections in two House Republican strongholds illustrate the sharp elbows and vigilance that GOP candidates require in this anti-establishment time. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Source: dailymail.co.uk

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